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    What are good allround headphones?

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    Hiya all!

    So as the titel suggests, i'm looking for good allround headphones. I know many people keep recommending the Beyerdynamic DT 770/990 pros, the Sennheiser HD 280 and the Sony MDR 7605(?). Also some recommend the AKG K702.
    Thing is, most are either bass heavy or are lacking in bass. High end is usually pretty decent with this selection but I'm not too worried about the high end, mostly about the overall sound with a bit more worry on the bass. Since mixing the lows is still not my greatest point I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are neither lacking nor bass heavy, but I just can't seem to find any and I don't really have a store nearby to go test any of them.

    So I'm wondering: are there any headphones that are a good allrounder for <150,-? I'm looking for ones that can work for both producing, mixing and mastering. I just have a feeling there's a pair of headphones that are a good middle ground from the usual recommendations.

    So if anyone has anything I'd like to hear it!


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    All those you listed (I’m especially partial to the Sony 7506s, as are many recording and film professionals) are fine. You do not want bass heavy/“Beats-like” phones for critical listening. You want balanced and accurate.

    If you are talking about home entertainment/personal enjoyment, the sky is the limit (based on budget, of course). But any of the ones you listed, especially the Sony’s, are what you want for even-response professional use. That is why so many people use them. Another benefit is that they are fairly inexpensive, and pretty consistently so (around $100 U.S.).

    Gregg Juke
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    The Sonic Vault Recording Studio
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